The entrance exam

The entrance exam for M1 1st Year and M3 3rd Year Study Cycle 1 admissions takes place in the beginning of April of each year (see this information for 2018 dates and to find out what information to send depending on which study stream you are applying for).

After contacting our admissions office and finalizing your application, you will receive an email confirming the date and time of your exam.

The exam takes place at the following address (not at MoPA):
Palais des Congrès
La Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie du Pays d’Arles
Avenue 1ere Div Français Libre
13633 Arles

Two-year Advanced Diploma / International Class: In 2018, students may be admitted to the 4th Year directly upon application. Please note that because of visa requirements you should plan your application early: portfolios are being reviewed until the 1st of February 2018.  See more details here. 

The entrance exam consists of a general written exam on the following:

-Narrative drawing
-Observational drawing
-Creative drawing
-Image analysis
-An oral interview

The oral interview is the ideal moment to present your portfolio, which should be a resumé of your personal work and those done during your studies. We’re particularly attentive to seeing a diversity of works, showing both academic skill and an open attitude. Your portfolio must reflect your passion for image-making, art, and creation.

You may come with a laptop or other device suitable for showing your works. If you have large-sized drawings and paintings we advise you to present photographs of them, either by printing smaller formats or putting them on a digital device. To help you prepare, we’ve made a selection of works to read and a list of films to watch.

These elements can serve as material for discussion during your interview, and the written part of the exam may also refer to them. Contact us after your application for the latest list.

Bring the following to your exam:
-Pencils, eraser, pens, ruler, drawing paper ½ raisin (50×32.5 cm – approx 225 g)
-Any personal material you feel would help your creativity. Gouache, pastels, acrylics,
coloured pencils, markers, coloured paper for cutting up, scissors, glue, ink, watercolours…